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List of United States Senators from Kentucky

This is a complete list of United States Senators from Kentucky. Its senators belong to Classes 2 and 3. Kentucky is currently represented in the U.S. Senate by Republicans Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul.

Class 2

# Senator Party Years Term Electoral history
1 75px John Brown Anti-
Administration
June 18, 1792 –
March 4, 1805
1 Elected in 1792
2 Re-elected in 1793
Democratic-
Republican
3 Re-elected in 1799

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2 75px Buckner Thruston Democratic-
Republican
March 4, 1805 –
December 18, 1809
4 Elected in 1805

Resigned to become judge of the U.S. Circuit Court
Vacant December 18, 1809 –
January 10, 1810
3 75px Henry Clay Democratic-
Republican
January 10, 1810 –
March 4, 1811
Appointed to finish Thruston's term

Retired
4 75px George M. Bibb Democratic-
Republican
March 4, 1811 –
August 23, 1814
5 Elected in 1811
Resigned to return to private practice
Vacant August 23, 1814 –
August 30, 1814
5 George Walker Democratic-
Republican
August 30, 1814 –
December 16, 1814
Appointed to continue Bibb's term

Successor qualified
6 75px William T. Barry Democratic-
Republican
December 16, 1814 –
May 1, 1816
Elected to finish Bibb's term

Resigned to become judge of the Kentucky Circuit Court
Vacant May 1, 1816 –
November 3, 1816
7 75px Martin D. Hardin Federalist November 3, 1816 –
March 4, 1817
Appointed to continue Barry's term.

Finished Barry's term either by special election or by the appointment.

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8 75px John J. Crittenden Democratic-
Republican
March 4, 1817 –
March 3, 1819
6 Elected in 1817

Resigned to return to private practice
Vacant March 3, 1819 –
December 10, 1819
9 75px Richard M. Johnson Democratic-
Republican
December 10, 1819 –
March 4, 1829
Elected to finish Crittenden's term
Jackson
Democratic-Republican
7 Elected to full term in 1823

Lost re-election
Jacksonian
10 75px George M. Bibb Jacksonian March 4, 1829 –
March 4, 1835
8 Elected in 1829

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11 75px John J. Crittenden Whig March 4, 1835 –
March 4, 1841
9 Elected in 1835

Retired
12 75px James T. Morehead Whig March 4, 1841 –
March 4, 1847
10 Elected in 1841

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13 75px Joseph R. Underwood Whig March 4, 1847 –
March 4, 1853
11 Elected in 1847

Retired
14 75px John B. Thompson Know Nothing March 4, 1853 –
March 4, 1859
12 Elected in 1853

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15 75px Lazarus W. Powell Democratic March 4, 1859 –
March 4, 1865
13 Elected in 1858

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16 75px James Guthrie Democratic March 4, 1865 –
February 7, 1868
14 Elected in 1865

Resigned due to ill health
Vacant February 7, 1868 –
February 19, 1868
17 75px Thomas C. McCreery Democratic February 19, 1868 –
March 4, 1871
Elected to finish Guthrie's term

Lost re-election
18 75px John W. Stevenson Democratic March 4, 1871 –
March 4, 1877
15 Elected in 1871

Retired
19 75px James B. Beck Democratic March 4, 1877 –
May 3, 1890
16 Elected in 1876
17 Re-elected in 1882
18 Re-elected in 1888

Died
Vacant May 3, 1890 –
May 26, 1890
20 75px John G. Carlisle Democratic May 26, 1890 –
February 4, 1893
Elected to finish Beck's term

Resigned
Vacant February 4, 1893 –
February 15, 1893
21 75px William Lindsay Democratic February 15, 1893 –
March 4, 1901
Elected to finish Carlisle's term
19 Elected to full term in 1894

Retired
22 75px Joseph Blackburn Democratic March 4, 1901 –
March 4, 1907
20 Elected in 1900

Lost re-election
23 75px Thomas H. Paynter Democratic March 4, 1907 –
March 4, 1913
21 Elected in 1906

Retired
24 75px Ollie M. James Democratic March 4, 1913 –
August 28, 1918
22 Elected in 1912

Died
Vacant August 28, 1918 –
September 7, 1918
25 75px George B. Martin Democratic September 7, 1918 –
March 4, 1919
Appointed to finish James's term

Retired
Vacant March 4, 1919 –
May 19, 1919
23
26 75px Augustus Stanley Democratic May 19, 1919 –
March 4, 1925
Elected in 1918, but did not start term until resigning as Governor

Lost re-election
27 75px Fred M. Sackett Republican March 4, 1925 –
January 9, 1930
24 Elected in 1924

Resigned to become U.S. Ambassador to Germany
Vacant January 9, 1930 –
January 11, 1930
28 75px John M. Robsion Republican January 11, 1930 –
November 30, 1930
Appointed to continue Sackett's term

Lost election to finish Sackett's term
29 75px Ben M. Williamson Democratic December 1, 1930 –
March 4, 1931
Elected to finish Sackett's term

Retired
30 75px Marvel M. Logan Democratic March 4, 1931 –
October 3, 1939
25 Elected in 1930
26 Re-elected in 1936

Died
Vacant October 3, 1939 –
October 10, 1939
31 75px Happy Chandler Democratic October 10, 1939 –
November 1, 1945
Appointed to continue Logan's term

Elected to finish Logan's term
27 Elected to full term in 1942

Resigned to become Commissioner of Major League Baseball
Vacant November 1, 1945 –
November 19, 1945
32 75px William A. Stanfill Republican November 19, 1945 –
November 5, 1946
Appointed to continue Chandler's term

Retired
33 75px John Sherman Cooper Republican November 6, 1946 –
January 3, 1949
Elected to finsish Chandler's term

Lost re-election
34 75px Virgil Chapman Democratic January 3, 1949 –
March 8, 1951
28 Elected in 1948

Died
Vacant March 8, 1951 –
March 19, 1951
35 75px Thomas R. Underwood Democratic March 19, 1951 –
November 4, 1952
Appointed to continue Chapman's term

Lost election to finish Chapman's term
36 75px John Sherman Cooper Republican November 5, 1952 –
January 3, 1955
Elected to finish Chapman's term

Lost election to full term
37 75px Alben W. Barkley Democratic January 3, 1955 –
April 30, 1956
29 Elected in 1954

Died
Vacant April 30, 1956 –
June 21, 1956
38 75px Robert Humphreys Democratic June 21, 1956 –
November 6, 1956
Appointed to continue Barkley's term

Retired
39 75px John Sherman Cooper Republican November 7, 1956 –
January 3, 1973
Elected to finish Barkley's term
30 Elected to full term in 1960
31 Re-elected in 1966

Retired
40 75px Walter Huddleston Democratic January 3, 1973 –
January 3, 1985
32 Elected in 1972
33 Re-elected in 1978

Lost re-election
41 75px Mitch McConnell Republican January 3, 1985 –
Present
34 Elected in 1984
35 Re-elected in 1990
36 Re-elected in 1996
37 Re-elected in 2002
38 Re-elected in 2008
39 Re-elected in 2014
# Senator Party Years Term Electoral history

Class 3

# Senator Party Years Term Electoral history
1 75px John Edwards Anti-Administration June 18, 1792 –
March 4, 1795
1 Elected in 1792
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2 75px Humphrey Marshall Federalist March 4, 1795 –
March 4, 1801
2 Elected in 1794
Lost re-election
3 75px John Breckinridge Democratic-Republican March 4, 1801 –
August 7, 1805
3 Elected in 1801
Resigned to become U.S. Attorney General
Vacant August 7, 1805 –
November 8, 1805
4 75px John Adair Democratic-Republican November 8, 1805 –
November 18, 1806
Elected to finish Breckinridge's term
Resigned because of participation in the Burr Conspiracy,
having lost election to full term
5 75px Henry Clay Democratic-Republican November 19, 1806 –
March 4, 1807
Elected to finish Adair's term,
despite being younger than the constitutional age limit
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6 75px John Pope Democratic-Republican March 4, 1807 –
March 4, 1813
4 Elected in 1807
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7 75px Jesse Bledsoe Democratic-Republican March 4, 1813 –
December 24, 1814
5 Elected in 1813
Resigned
Vacant December 24, 1814 –
February 2, 1815
8 75px Isham Talbot Democratic-Republican February 2, 1815 –
March 4, 1819
Elected to finish Bledsoe's term
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9 75px William Logan Democratic-Republican March 4, 1819 –
May 28, 1820
6 Elected in 1819
Resigned to run for Governor
Vacant May 28, 1820 –
October 19, 1820
10 75px Isham Talbot Democratic-Republican October 19, 1820–
March 4, 1825
Elected to finish Logan's term
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
National
Republican
11 75px John Rowan Democratic March 4, 1825 –
March 4, 1831
7 Elected in 1825
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
Vacant March 4, 1831 –
November 10, 1831

8
12 75px Henry Clay National
Republican
November 10, 1831–
March 31, 1842
Elected late in 1831
Whig 9 Re-elected in 1836
Resigned
13 75px John J. Crittenden Whig March 31, 1842–
June 12, 1848
10 Elected to finish Clay's term
11 Elected to full term in 1843
Resigned to become Governor of Kentucky
14 75px Thomas Metcalfe Whig June 23, 1848 –
March 4, 1849
Appointed to continue Crittenden's term
Elected to finish Crittenden's term
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15 75px Henry Clay Whig March 4, 1849 –
June 24, 1852
12 Elected in 1849
Died
Vacant June 24, 1852 –
July 6, 1852
16 75px David Meriwether Democratic July 6, 1852 –
August 31, 1852
Appointed to continue Clay's term
Retired
17 75px Archibald Dixon Whig September 1, 1852 –
March 4, 1855
Elected to finish Clay's term
Retired
18 75px John J. Crittenden Whig March 4, 1855–
March 4, 1861
13 Elected in 1855
Retired
Know Nothing
19 75px John C. Breckinridge Democratic March 4, 1861 –
December 4, 1861
14 Elected in 1861
Expelled for supporting the Confederacy
Vacant December 4, 1861 –
December 10, 1861
20 75px Garrett Davis Unionist December 10, 1861 –
September 22, 1872
Elected to finish Breckinridge's term
15 Re-elected in 1867
Died
Vacant September 22, 1872 –
September 27, 1872
21 75px Willis B. Machen Democratic September 27, 1872 –
March 4, 1873
Appointed to continue Davis's term
Elected to finish Davis's term
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22 75px Thomas C. McCreery Democratic March 4, 1873 –
March 4, 1879
16 Elected in 1872
Retired
23 75px John Stuart Williams Democratic March 4, 1879 –
March 4, 1885
17 Elected in 1879
Lost re-election
24 75px Joseph C. S. Blackburn Democratic March 4, 1885 –
March 4, 1897
18 Elected in 1885
19 Re-elected in 1891
Lost re-election
25 75px William J. Deboe Republican March 4, 1897 –
March 4, 1903
20 Elected in 1897
Retired
26 75px James B. McCreary Democratic March 4, 1903 –
March 4, 1909
21 Elected in 1903
Lost re-election
27 75px William O. Bradley Republican March 4, 1909 –
May 23, 1914
22 Elected in 1908
Died
Vacant May 23, 1914 –
June 16, 1914
28 75px Johnson N. Camden Democratic June 16, 1914 –
March 4, 1915
Appointed to continue Bradley's term
Elected to finish Bradley's term
Retired
29 75px John C. W. Beckham Democratic March 4, 1915 –
March 4, 1921
23 Elected in 1914
Lost re-election
30 75px Richard P. Ernst Republican March 4, 1921 –
March 4, 1927
24 Elected in 1920
Lost re-election
31 75px Alben W. Barkley Democratic March 4, 1927 –
January 19, 1949
25 Elected in 1926
26 Re-elected in 1932
27 Re-elected in 1938
28 Re-elected in 1944
Resigned to become U.S. Vice President
32 75px Garrett L. Withers Democratic January 20, 1949 –
November 26, 1950
Appointed to continue Barkley's term
Retired when successor qualified
33 Earle C. Clements Democratic November 27, 1950 –
January 3, 1957
Elected to finish Barkley's term,
having been elected to the next term
29 Elected to full term in 1950
Lost re-election
34 75px Thruston Morton Republican January 3, 1957 –
December 16, 1968
30 Elected in 1956
31 Re-elected in 1962
Retired, and resigned early to give successor preferential seniority
35 75px Marlow Cook Republican December 17, 1968 –
December 27, 1974
Appointed to finish Morton's term,
having already been elected to the next term
32 Elected in 1968
Lost re-election, and resigned early to give successor preferential seniority
36 75px Wendell H. Ford Democratic December 28, 1974 –
January 3, 1999
Appointed to finish Cook's term,
having already been elected to the next term
33 Elected in 1974
34 Re-elected in 1980
35 Re-elected in 1986
36 Re-elected in 1992
Retired
37 75px Jim Bunning Republican January 3, 1999 –
January 3, 2011
37 Elected in 1998
38 Re-elected in 2004
Retired
38 75px Rand Paul Republican January 3, 2011 –
Present
39 Elected in 2010 Running for President and reelection (deemed unlawful under Kentucky law)
# Senator Party Years Term Electoral history

Living former U.S. Senators from Kentucky

As of April 2015, there are two former U.S. Senators from Kentucky who are currently living at this time, one from Class 2 and one from Class 3.

Senator Term of office Class Date of birth (and age)
Walter Huddleston 1973–1985 2 (1926-04-15) April 15, 1926 (age 89)
Marlow Cook 1968–1974 3 (1926-07-27) July 27, 1926 (age 89)
Jim Bunning 1999–2011 3 (1931-10-23) October 23, 1931 (age 84)

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